S2S: SYSTEM TO SYSTEM™
The S2S is the protocol that connects systems together in the casino back of house.
GSA’s SYSTEM TO SYSTEM™(S2S) communications protocol helps untangle the jumbled web of casino back-of-house network interfaces. S2S provides a common server-to-server communication protocol that allows manufacturers to develop a single communications interface for connecting any number of servers. The S2S protocol also enables operators to connect with servers outside of the physical casino, simplifying connectivity with local business partners, across jurisdictions, or across casino locations over a wide-area network. In all cases, S2S standardizes information communication, secures it with strong encryption methods, and improves communication consistency to increase operational efficiency.
The S2S protocol is the SYSTEM TO SYSTEM™(S2S) protocol that connects systems together in the casino back of house. This protocol is also comprised of individual classes, however, it is more of a peer to peer configuration. S2S is designed to be a connection machine used to connect and integrate the casino back of house communications into a single protocol accessible by all the S2S endpoints. This protocol has the widest scope of all the GSA protocols as it is not limited to the gaming floor or even the casino itself although current applications are contained within a single property.
S2S is currently being used to connect independent game servers together in class II gaming to allow for central accounting, player tracking and voucher redemption in quite a few class II jurisdictions and has been suggested for use in Illinois central monitoring requirements. It also has the ability to connect the various G2S hosts together and to a central monitoring system.
There are upwards of 40 different communications protocol in the back of house in a casino. S2S has the capability to significantly reduce the number of communication protocols necessary and, therefore, reduce the need (and the associated cost) of customer interfaces. The current version under development will incorporate a new service discovery feature that will allow servers to expose the services they support. The goal is to allow for automatic server configuration as servers come online or for initial system configurations.